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The theme for Speech Pathology Week 2017 is: Communication access: Everyone gets the message!

Communication access is about creating a world where people with communication difficulties can communicate successfully with everyone, a world where everyone gets the message.

At healthAbility our speech pathologists support children to improve their communication skills by working on speech sounds, receptive and expressive language, fluency, literacy and alternative communication systems.

We offer quality support for all children, including those with autism and developmental delays, as well as NDIS participants.
Contact healthAbility on 9430 9100 to find out more.

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The My Special Child Conference is coming to Eltham, Victoria, Australia.
This Conference will be a fantastic couple of days for parents, carers or teachers of children with a special need, learning difficulty or behavioural challenge.

The conference will include 12 talks over 2 days, a host of exhibitors and an incredible line up of expert speakers who will provide loads of useful information and strategies for people to use at home or at school.

For more information visit: www.myspecialchildconferences.com/eltham
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Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut animal protein from their diet.

Eating a plant-based diet has been linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and cancer. However, it’s important to know that eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to mean becoming a vegetarian.
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We all know we need to exercise to stay fit and strong, stave off disease and maintain a healthy weight. Walking is the most popular physical activity undertaken by Australian adults. It’s free, easy, and can be done almost anywhere.

Walking leads to a remarkable reduction in the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, arthritis, depression, anxiety and insomnia, and premature death from all causes.

healthAbility’s Let’s Get Started Walking group caters to walkers of all paces and focuses on supporting slower and/or less confident walkers. More confident walkers can walk ahead unsupervised with the support of other fit, regular walkers. To find out more about joining our walkers each Monday, please phone 9430 9100.
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“Everything I do is about what I like to call normalising disability,” says Dylan Alcott. “People think people with disabilities are unemployable, undateable, don’t travel, don’t go out, don’t have a life, and that puts limitations on what people with disabilities can do. You can have a girlfriend, you can have a job, you can travel, you can do everything that an able-bodied person does, except maybe walk up stairs.”
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Seasonal Produce Spotlight – Asparagus
It’s time to plant asparagus! This tasty veggie prefers a mild climate, sandy soil and needs plenty of water to grow. Carefully maintained plants can produce asparagus for up to 15 years.

Asparagus has been a much loved vegetable for eons. So popular was this vegetable in France that Louis XIV had special greenhouses built to grow it. They ate it fresh in summer and dried it for winter use. The Greeks and Romans thought it was a delicacy and used it for medicinal purposes, believing that it could cure bee stings and toothaches!

Asparagus is a great source of vitamins (including vitamin A, vitamin C and folate). It contains minerals such as magnesium and iron and is also a good source of dietary fibre.

Being a versatile veggie, asparagus is at home in pasta dishes, salads, frittata, risottos, or just as a scrumptious side dish.

For more tips on growing and recipes featuring asparagus, visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ingredientsprofiles/Asparagus
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Are you interested in supporting a person with disability to make their own decision?
VALID has been funded by the NDIA to run a program called Choice Mentors. The program aims to match people with a disability in the North Eastern area, specifically those who have no informal or natural supports in their lives, to well trained volunteers to assist with supported decision making around their NDIS plans.

For more information or to register please contact Annette Axen, Coordinator of the Choice Mentor Program at annette@valid.org.au
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The My Special Child Conference is coming to Eltham.
This Conference will be a fantastic couple of days for parents, carers or teachers of children with a special need, learning difficulty or behavioural challenge.

The conference will include 12 talks over 2 days, a host of exhibitors and an incredible line up of expert speakers who will provide loads of useful information and strategies for people to use at home or at school. For more information visit: www.myspecialchildconferences.com/eltham
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What is risky drinking? How much alcohol is too much? Why do women process alcohol differently to men? Click through to find the answers and more, plus tips for drinking responsibly.
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